“Stevie Wonder never had to use the word bitch to get his point across” (Kanye West on linguistics)

From a series of tweets on 2 Sept 2012:

@kanyewest: I usually never tweet questions but I struggle with this so here goes… Is the word BITCH acceptable?

@kanyewest: To be more specific, is it acceptable for a man to call a woman a bitch even if it’s endearing?

@kanyewest: Even typing it in question form it’s still feels harsh?

@kanyewest: Has hip hop conditioned us to accept this word? Do we love this word as much as we love the word NIGGA in an endearing way?

@kanyewest: correction, Here’s the age old question, would we refer to our mothers as bitches? Would’ we call our fathers niggers or better yet NIGGAS?

@kanyewest: If nigga is such a positive word, why do we feel so uncomfortable for white people to say it, even with a hall pass?

@kanyewest: Is it ok to use bitch as long as we put BAD in front of it? Like you a BAD BITCH

@kanyewest: Perhaps the words BITCH and NIGGA are now neither positive or negative. They are just potent and it depends on how the are used and by whom?

@kanyewest: What if there was no profanity… What if we decided to legalise profanity in a sense? In France they play songs with cursing on the radio

@kanyewest: Stevie Wonder never had to use the word bitch to get his point across


I wonder: Do musical stars get less interesting with age because they start to self-examine and second guess themselves?